Category: Leeds Festival

IWD 2019- Three Ways UK Festivals Are Working To Be More Inclusive

It’s easy to get bogged down in the doom and gloom of the current global climate, so in honour of International Womens Day we decided to bring attention to three great organisations that are working to make the music industry more inclusive of women, non-binary and trans people. It might even help a few of you musicians out!

Keychange Initiative

First off the is the Keychange Initiative, who made headlines in 2018 by getting 45 festivals, including Kendal Calling and our very own Oxjam, to pledge a 50/50 gender split in their lineup by 2022. They are an international organisation dedicated to accelerating the change in the gender divide of the music industry. Glastonburys’ Emily Eavis, responsible for booking all of the main stage acts at Glastonbury, is a Keychange Ambassador. To find out more about the Keychange Initiative and the incredible work they do click here: https://keychange.eu/

ReBalance

Next we have ReBalance, a scheme run by Festival Republic, the company behind Download, Latitude and Reading and Leeds. ReBalance is a three year programme that started in 2018 which offers female artists funding for one weeks recording in a professional studio. A new artist is chosen every month, at the end of the year selected artists chosen by a panel of industry professionals will be offered a slot at a Festival Republic or Live Nation Festival. Not only this, but they’re offering sound technician apprenticeships in order to address the severe imbalance of women in the technical side of the industry. To find out more or how to apply, follow this link http://www.festivalrepublic.com/news/were-proud-announce-our-new-project-rebalance

Yorkshire Sound Women Network

YSWN is a local organisation started by women in the sound technology industry in order to address the gender and racial inequality in the industry.  ‘Our mission is to support a flourishing industry which welcomes, encourages and progresses the inclusion of women at all levels from studio floor to board room, and reflects the diversity of its participating communities.’ They provide women and girls with the opportunities and access to facilities that will help them to break into the sound technology industry. They welcome women, non-binary, agender and gender varient people in their meetings. For more info click here https://yorkshiresoundwomen.com/about/

Also have a look at https://louderthanwar.com/iwd-gigs/?fbclid=IwAR01zXD4GECQEcs5kcv3dr8QLH_db3zxA81RQ3DEnycQycqJq9eco8Ikt54 for events celebrating International Womens Day 2019!

The music industry has always been notoriously unrepresentative of minorities, but in recent years steps have been made to lesson the gender divide. These are just two examples out of hundreds of incredible organisations fighting to make the music industry move in a positive direction towards equality.

Venus at Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Photo by Amber Morris, @a.m.art_

 

 

Need Festival Fashion Inspo? Look No Further

Stuck for ideas for what to wear to your fave festival? We’ve put together some outfits from the Oxfam Wastesaver to help you catch the vibe of the festival you’re headed to, just add wellies (which we also sell)!

All these outfits have been pulled from Festival Shop stock, so if you like something keep an eye out, you might just be able to pick it up.

We’ve started off with possibly the most hyped festival of all time; Glastonbury. This year the first batch of tickets sold out in a record breaking 30 minutes! For outfits think boho chic, Woodstock vibes, Coachella but if it rained in California. We’ve pulled some Levi 501 shorts worn open ala Kylie Jenner paired with a 70’s style paisley shirt and some brown *real leather* cowboy boots. Because all our profits go straight into ending poverty you can get some quality footwear without contributing to carbon emissions caused by cattle farming.

Next we’ve got an outfit for Boardmasters AND Leeds fest. The sports luxe trend is still in full swing at these festivals and we have all the sportswear brands you could dream of ready for the festival shop. Pair some sustainably sourced brands with a fun bucket hat and the pinnacle of practicality: a bum bag, and you’re ready to go!

 

Next we’ve got Bearded Theory and Womad, where we go for a comfy, practical hippie vibe. It’s all about chilling out and looking after the environment at these two super chill, family friendly festivals. So pick up some airy balloon trousers, we promise they’ll be the most comfortable things you’ve EVER worn and settle down for a culture packed weekend.

At Latitude we’re taking inspo from the queen of style herself, Lana Del Rey. A little bit baddie and a lot delicate fabrics and florals. We’ve paired this super cute floral lace playsuit complete with bell sleeves, with an upholstery bomber to add a little bit of an edge.

Rock isn’t dead at Download Festival, we’ve got a whole range of leather, denim and band tees to take down. Here we’ve paired some on-trend patent snake print with a tee from the Kings of Thrash Metal, Metallica. Throw on your fave leather jacket (or buy one from our shop) and you’re good to go!

 

We hope you got some decent inspiration from our picks, if you do buy something in the Festival Shop, don’t forget to tag us with #foundinoxfam for the chance to get featured on our page!

 

Throwback to Leeds Festival 2017!

Have you ever wanted to volunteer at Leeds but were not sure what the festival itself was like? Read this first-hand account by Nat Baker about her experience as a ticket holder and how she loved it so much she decided to apply to be a festival shop intern for this summer!

Leeds festival is one of my favourite festivals to go to, maybe it’s because I’m biased due to living in Leeds and being partial to a classic ‘Yorkshire’ chant, or maybe it’s due to the wide variety of genres, from metalcore and pop punk to dance and drum and bass, the infamous Piccadilly Party or the relentless, Relentless stage to see you through to the early hours. Either way, this year (2017) was my sixth year at Leeds Fest, so they must be doing something right.

I usually brave arriving at Leeds Fest on the Wednesday, facing a five-night run in my trusty four-man tent (they say four-man, but it’s just about adequate enough to stuff in two people and their supplies). This year, however, I attended the Heavy Music Awards in London on the Thursday night, sadly missing the unique choice of acts and bands on show Thursday night, this year including The Pigeon Detectives on the Festival Republic stage and Mista Jam on the Relentless stage. Luckily I (just about) managed to catch the night coach from London to up North. Finally, hours later, I turned up slightly worse for wear at the entrance to Leeds Fest where I was excited to see what the day had in store for me. At least arriving two days later meant less time to wait for bands.

Friday

So I made it to Leeds Fest early Friday afternoon just in time to see Architects, the kings of metalcore (not those who design buildings). I’ve seen Architects about five times before and they never fail to blow my mind. That day was no different. Complete with flames, Architects ripped apart the main stage with a heavy, exhilarating performance. I wish I’d seen the face of an
unsuspecting Giggs fan waiting for his set after. We caught a bit of Giggs and then swayed along to some Oasis bangers from afar whilst Liam Gallagher played, I’d already seen Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds perform at Kendal Calling 2016 so had already had the pleasure of watching Wonderwall played live.

When it came to Friday evening there was, of course, a clash of headliners, the dreaded music festival dilemma. It was between MUSE on the main stage and Neck Deep on the Pit stage, both bands I’ve seen before. We decided to catch the start of MUSE’s set so I still got to see some of my favourite songs played such as ‘Plug In Baby’ amongst many other MUSE classics before
heading off to watch Neck Deep. It was a packed out crowd and a great atmosphere whilst Neck Deep played songs from their new album ‘The Peace and The Panic’. To top it off Sam Carter (vocalist of Architects!) came out and performed during Neck Deeps ‘Don’t Wait’ which he features in and that was a great way to finish off our Friday evening before we awaited the opening of the silent disco.

Saturday

By Saturday morning your tent has usually sunk into the ground beneath you, your once immaculate clothes now smothered in a thick coating of mud and you’ve had to engage in a quest for new wellies as you’ve lost them in a mosh pit somewhere. This year, however, we were blessed with beautiful sun all weekend, and on Saturday enjoyed some sunny main stage sets from Rat Boy, Mallory Knox and Jimmy Eat World. For some reason, just before Two Door Cinema Clubs set, Joe Thomas (Simon from The Inbetweeners!) was brought out on stage which was, random, but amusing nonetheless. As the sun went down, we ventured back over to the Pit Stage for the penultimate act of the day, The Amity Affliction, who were a pleasure to see live despite playing a smaller set. I always find myself feeling old at gigs nowadays, usually nursing a drink at the back, but when The Amity Affliction started playing ‘Don’t Lean On Me’ I couldn’t help but crowd surf (I feel sorry for any poor soul who had to hold me up whilst I clambered over the crowd).
Saturday headliners were again a difficult choice: Kasabian, You Me At Six, Fat Boy Slim and Billy Talent. In the end, it had to be punk rock legends Billy Talent. They annihilated the Pit Stage in a gleam of red, with anthems such as ‘Red Flag’ and ‘Fallen Leaves’. After a short, well-deserved rest back at camp it was time to again to brave the walk to the silent disco followed by the inevitable venture to Piccadilly Party.

Sunday
Ah, the dreaded Sunday morning of a festival. Not only am I always gutted that another festival I’ve waited all year for has come to an end (especially since Leeds fest is usually the last in the season for me), I’m also at this point rather groggy to say the least. This morning in particular was not a good one for me, I’d stayed up till 6am watching the McGregor vs Mayweather fight, they’d shown it on the big screen at the alternative stage so there was a great atmosphere and it was a nice added touch (not that I know anything about boxing).

I couldn’t think of a better band to brighten up the Sunday festival blues than the mighty Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. A band this dynamic always manage to construct the most gargantuan circle pits and this time was no different, with the circle pit running all the way outside the NME stage and back in again around the other side. After this took place, Frank initiated a female only crowd surf, and I was up and away again!  The bands hit ‘I Hate You’ from the album ‘Blossom’ is always great to hear live, mainly because you’ve got thousands of people in a tent screaming
“I HATE YOU!” at the same time. Also completing my Sunday was Defeater on the Pit Stage, who although only pulled a small crowd, still made a big impression, as well as the tremendous PVRIS on the main stage.

Finally, as Sunday night drew to a close and people started heading back to their tents to pack up and leave, I headed over to the Pit stage one last time (I think I spent more time under the Pit Stage tent than my own tent by the sounds of it). Thankfully for me, the last band I was seeing at Leeds Fest 2017 was my favourite band, While She Sleeps. Reigning from my hometown of Sheffield, they’re the best of the best (I’m not biased at all…). I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen them live over the past seven years so to see them headlining The Pit stage was a real treat, especially with their performance of ‘Seven Hills’, which is named after Sheffield, of course. Their gig really went off with a bang (literally, there were confetti cannons) and it was the perfect conclusion to the weekend.

Leeds festival 2017 was jam-packed full of brilliant heavy bands, early morning excursions to Piccadilly Party and surprisingly the lack of torrential rain. Now we’ve crossed over into 2018, I’m eagerly awaiting the next line up announcements for the festival, and can only hope the line up is as good, if not better than 2017. I can’t wait to make my return to Bramham Park in August 2018 for my seventh appearance at Leeds Festival and this time, I get to go with the Oxfam Festival shop.

 

It’s now coming to almost a year since I started my social media internship with the Oxfam Festival Shop. I’ve accompanied the festival shop at Nass, Kendal Calling and I recently returned home from Boomtown. It’s been wonderful to see the shop and all the funky garms in action raising loads of money for charity after sorting through them, choosing the perfect clothes for each individual festival and taking photos of them to post on social media for so long! I’ve been doing some filming to try and capture the essence of each festival, and despite having a few mishaps (crowdsurfing during Limp Bizkit at Boomtown, but forgetting to press play!) I’ve managed to capture a lot of great footage that I can’t wait to share with everyone. Leeds will again be my last festival of the summer and although I’m sad that festival season is again coming to an end, I look forward to so many more fantastic festivals with Oxfam in the future. Bring on summer 2019!